Benefit fish fry held for family of young drowning victim

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A community gathered Sunday to raise money for little Pierce Allen Cartwright. The memorial fundraiser was organized by friends and family of the little boy affectionately known as Peanut. Just two weeks ago, he died in a drowning accident.

Fish plates and raffle tickets were sold to help with the financial burden left on the family after Cartwright's death. Long time family friend Gerald Everett helped organize the benefit.

"The outpouring of support has been amazing, as I told the family today [Sunday] there were phone calls I couldn't even return. We had so many of them. So the support's been tremendous and it's definitely a thank you," Everett said.

He was the youngest of three and loved John Deere and Mickey mouse. He touched the lives of many while he lived, and was able to continue that after he died.

Anna Jacobs, an employee with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, was at the fundraiser to shed light on organ donation.

"Pierce was a tissue donor, he was able to donate his heart valves, and so his spirit is with us today here at this benefit fish fry," said Jacobs.

Even though Pierce wasn't here for long, his tissue donation helped save the lives of others. The Mississippi Organ recovery agency was there passing out information about organ donation.

The Biloxi Knights of Columbus hosted the event free of charge, for his family, who is grieving the loss of their son gone too soon.

Donations can be made in his name at Hancock Bank. For more information on Mississippi organ and tissue donation you can visit

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